Location - the gate to Manuel Antonio national park is literally 15 seconds from the front gate of LaPosada; extremely easy to find when driving since all one needs to do is drive to the park and you're there!
Grounds - lovely tropical vegetation; once you pass through the gate onto the property, you're enveloped in tropical plants & winding walkways to the bungalows & pool and you forget the throngs of tourists walking in & out of the park.
Rooms - we had #4 with a king bed & love seat with recliner/footrests, A/C, microwave (with popcorn!), refrigerator, tv, hairdryer (in bathroom); the room was immaculately cleaned from top to bottom every day!
Staff - Mike & Jonathon are personable, bi-lingual in English & Spanish, and saw to it our every request was fulfilled. The housekeeping staff is friendly, professional and trustworthy. It truly feels as if you're staying with a large family since everyone is so friendly.
Meals - Breakfasts were so filling that we never had room for lunch! Eggs are cooked to order, or pancakes available on alternating days; fresh bread is from the local bakery; mango juice & orange juice are fresh and plentiful; and of course...coffee...Costa Rican coffee!! Three nights each week there are dinners available for $7 each and we ate there each time one was offered. Our favorite was Mahi Mahi night.
Tours - Mike & Jonathon arrange for tour guides into the park at a lower rate than those of the commercial companies. Our guide was fantastic - a university student with impressive knowledge of the bio-diversity of the area, and armed with a telephoto camera lens to enable him to use our cameras to view the tiniest tree frog & photograph it.
We could've easily stayed another week at LaPosada and been completely comfortable there. The beach was a short walk (5 minutes) from our bungalow, and the little village of shops and bars in Manuel Antonio was only 10 minutes away. We also had several very good meals at a bar/restaurant recommended by Mike called El Sol. We were entertained by talented local musicians each time we dined there.
Thank you, LaPosada, for the perfect beginning to am unforgettable 5 week tour of Costa Rica!
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